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Dustin Byfuglien Wikipedia

Dustin Byfuglien
Dustin Byfuglien Winnipeg Jets Training Camp.jpg

Dustin Byfuglien at Winnipeg Jets training camp
Born(1985-03-27) March 27, 1985 (age 28)

Minneapolis, MN, USA
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight265 lb (120 kg; 18 st 13 lb)
PositionDefense/Right Wing
NHL team

Former teams
Winnipeg Jets

Chicago Blackhawks

Atlanta Thrashers
NHL Draft245th overall, 2003

Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career2005–present
Dustin Ray Byfuglien (/baɪfuːɡliən/ by-FOO-glee-ən or local /ˈbʌflɨn/ BUF-lin; born March 27, 1985) is an American professional ice hockey player for the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League. His known nickname is "Big Buff", made up by his teammates. Drafted as a defenseman, he has played both forward and defense in his career.


    Playing career

    Byfuglien while a member of the Atlanta Thrashers

    Byfuglien while a member of the Chicago Blackhawks
    Byfulien played major junior hockey for both the Brandon Wheat Kings and Prince George Cougars of the WHL. Byfuglien was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2003. Originally a defenseman at the start of the 2007–08 season, he was moved to a right wing position to give the team a larger body near the net, an experiment that proved successful.

    He spent parts of his first two seasons with the Blackhawks' minor league team at the time, the Norfolk Admirals, and the Blackhawks. He excelled in his third professional season, becoming the first Rockford IceHogs player to earn the American Hockey League's Player of the Week award, when he scored one goal and had five assists in four games. Byfuglien had seven points in eight games with Rockford before earning a recall on November 3, 2007 to the Chicago Blackhawks and never returned to the IceHogs. He had a goal in his first shift with the Blackhawks in the 2007–08 NHL season on November 3 against the St. Louis Blues and recorded his first career hat trick (three goals in one game) against the Phoenix Coyotes on November 30. He finished tied for fifth on the team with 19 goals and 36 points in his third season with the team, all while making a transition to forward throughout the campaign. He played a major role in the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup winning season in 2010 scoring 11 goals with 5 assists in the playoffs including 3 goals in the Finals.

    On June 24, 2010, Byfuglien was traded by Chicago, along with Brent Sopel, Ben Eager and Akim Aliu to the Atlanta Thrashers for a 1st and 2nd round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Marty Reasoner, Joey Crabb and Jeremy Morin. The Thrashers moved Byfuglien back to his natural position of defense, although he had experience as a first-line and second-line winger with the Blackhawks, including the Blackhawks' run to the Stanley Cup in 2010. He became an alternate captain for the Thrashers after a few months into the 2010 season. Byfuglien was selected to his first All-Star Game, along with teammate Tobias Enström. On February 15, 2011, the Thrashers signed Byfuglien to a five-year, $26 million contract extension. He scored 12 goals along with 41 assists during the 2011–12 season that saw the Thrashers move to Winnipeg. Byfuglien appeared in 66 games for the Jets that season.

    In the 2011 All-Star Game's Skill Competition his slap shot was clocked at 102.5mph.

    Personal life

    Byfuglien was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Cheryl Byfuglien and father Ricky Spencer. His mother is of Norwegian descent, and his father is African American. Cheryl moved to Roseau, Minnesota, with Dustin to be closer to her family while Ricky stayed in Minneapolis to continue college; the two never wed. In Roseau, Byfuglien was exposed to the game of hockey where he found an instant love for the sport, which soon turned into a calling. Byfuglien's stepfather, Dale Smedsmo, played four games in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1972, and 110 games in the World Hockey Association. Byfuglien has three half-siblings on his father's side.

    Due to academic ineligibility in Roseau, Byfuglien first moved to Warrenville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, to play AAA under-18 hockey for the Chicago Mission then moved to Canada to play major junior hockey.

    Byfuglien is an avid fisherman, and competed in the 2011 Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship on Rainy Lake.

    On August 31, 2011, Byfuglien was arrested on Lake Minnetonka and booked on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. Byfuglien pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to two days of community service on July 23, 2012.

    Byfuglien and his long-time girlfriend, Emily Hendry, welcomed their first child, Kira Rae Byfuglien, on December 28, 2011.

    Career statistics

    Regular season and playoffs

      Regular season Playoffs
    2001–02Brandon Wheat KingsWHL30000
    2002–03Brandon Wheat KingsWHL81124
    2002–03Prince George CougarsWHL489283774513412
    2003–04Prince George CougarsWHL66162945137
    2004–05Prince George CougarsWHL64223658184
    2005–06Norfolk AdmiralsAHL53815237541234
    2005–06Chicago BlackhawksNHL2532524
    2006–07Norfolk AdmiralsAHL63162844146602218
    2006–07Chicago BlackhawksNHL912310
    2007–08Rockford IceHogsAHL825725
    2007–08Chicago BlackhawksNHL6719173659
    2008–09Chicago BlackhawksNHL77151631811736926
    2009–10Chicago BlackhawksNHL8217173494221151620
    2010–11Atlanta ThrashersNHL8120335393
    2011–12Winnipeg JetsNHL6612415372
    2012–13Winnipeg JetsNHL438202834
    NHL totals450951482434673914112546

    Awards and achievements

    Stanley Cup2010
    NHL All-Star Game2011, 2012*
    -* injury prevented attendance
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